Friday, October 26, 2012

Foster Parenting Info Sunday

We're delighted that we're getting great results from our outreach in October to potential foster parents!  On behalf of the children needing loving homes, thank you to all who have expressed an interest!

Maybe it's because of our new on-line inquiry form.  Makes it a bit easier to get a feel for foster parenting.

This Sunday, before what's being called "Frankenstorm" hits the area (maybe it will miss us!), stop by Town Hall Lanes in Johnston. We'll have an info table there between 4 and 6 p.m. and somebody to talk to about foster parenting.  And why not do some bowling too!

As always, if you can't stop by, you can always email Greg or call him at 331-1350 ext.3305. Or check out our foster care page on our website.

As for "Frankenstorm"--here's a link to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency for the latest doings at the state level.

--Stephen L. Hug

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bring in the Outdoor Decorations!

I was in a store in Providence this morning and mentioned to the check-out person that there may be a big storm coming Monday. 

Really? he said.  Although he knew something was brewing down south, he didn't think it would affect Rhode Island.

Apparently something is going to happen Monday.  Maybe a hurricane...

Here's a link to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.  They have some tips on what to do at this stage of the game.

Let's keep our fingers crossed....

--Stephen L. Hug

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Barry's Auto Group Supports Infant CPR Training

Staff and families working with Family Service of Rhode Island will be able to learn infant cardio-pulmonary resuscitation with realistic infant manikins thanks to Barry’s Auto Group in Newport.

 Family Service of Rhode Island  will utilize the infant manikins to train staff providing care for infants as well the agency’s foster parents.

“We are pleased to help Family Service of Rhode Island, an outstanding agency that is building brighter futures for needy children and families in Rhode Island,” said Peter Barry, dealer principal at Barry’s. “This is part of Barry’s ongoing commitment to give back to the community.”

The infant manikins, obtained from the National Automotive Dealers Charitable Foundation with Barry’s support, has features that provide trainees realistic experience in helping an infant whose breathing is blocked or needs to be resuscitated.

“Barry’s community commitment means we’ll have a better training tool to save young lives,” said Greg Wright, Family Service of Rhode Island’s foster care coordinator. “We deeply appreciate their assistance, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Staff from Barry’s Auto Group and Family Service of Rhode Island display new infant manikins to be used to train Family Service of Rhode Island staff and foster parents in life-saving techniques. Left to Right: Lucas Barry, Barry’s vice president of operations; Greg Wright, Family Service of Rhode Island foster parent coordinator; Kristen Conklin, clinician in Family Service of Rhode Island’s foster parent program; and Peter Barry, Barry’s dealer principal.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Job Fairs for Fee-for-Service Clinicians Next Week

If you're a fee-for-service clinician, this may be a great opportunity!

For more information, please click here.

Exercise Program for 50+ Living with HIV

AIDS Project RI has rolled out a free exercise program for people over 50 living with HIV.

The program, Positive Aging and Living, is being offered in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Providence through a grant from Tufts Healthcare Foundation.

The first exercise class was rolled out in early September at the Mt. Hope/East Side YMCA. The class has two instructors and twelve participants who meet weekly for two 75-minute sessions.

The classes are structured so all participants get a chance to engage in aerobics, strength training, and balance activities under the supervision of a YMCA fitness instructor. The class is conducted for three months and during that time participants have a membership at the YMCA and access to the gym to exercise on their own time.

Exercise can help increase muscle mass, improve appetite, and increase the number of "feel-good" neurotransmitters in the brain. Exercise is an effective way to reduce stress, and chronic stress has been associated with suppression of immune function. Exercise can also play a vital role in controlling some of the long-term effects of HIV drugs.

Anyone interested in enrolling should email

AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Are You Participating in a United Way Campaign?

If you're participating in a United Way campaign in your workplace, please consider designating to Family Service of Rhode Island.

On the United Way form in Rhode Island you'll see a section called "My Annual Gift."  Just below that there's a place to put the agency name and address.  In that area, please put:

Family Service of Rhode Island
134 Thurbers Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02905

You may designate all or a portion of your United Way contribution to Family Service of Rhode Island.

Essentially, the way it works is that you donate to the United Way, which in turn distributes donations to designated non-profits like Family Service of Rhode Island.

If you use the payroll deduction option, it's a great way to donate a lot without doing it all at once. For example, if you have 26 pay periods a year, a $10 payroll deduction turns into a $260 donation!

Thank you for your interest in Family Service of Rhode Island and thank you for supporting our work!

--Stephen L. Hug

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Great Month To Learn About Foster Parenting

Children in Rhode Island need loving homes. 

And if you've ever thought about becoming a foster parent, it's never been easier.

Family Service of RI is out in the community throughout the month at businesses, YMCAs and libraries.

Check out the schedule here.

Or email or call 401-331-1350 ext. 3305.

Also, check out our new foster parent inquiry form here.

If you're out and about, watch for this table below!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

This Weekend in Johnston

If you happen to be at the Mohr Memorial Library in Johnston between 2 and 3:30 on Saturday, stop by and say hi to Greg Wright.

He will be there talking to people about how to become foster parents.

If you can't make it, but are interested--there are children waiting for loving homes--call Greg at Family Service of RI on Monday at 331-1350 ext. 3305 or email him at

As we like to say: Some day a child will thank you!

P.S. We just created an on-line foster care inquiry form.  Check it out here.

--Stephen L. Hug

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Child Will Thank You!

Great time of year to get out and enjoy the weather!

Are you heading to the Pawtuxet Village Autumn Festival on Saturday? Learn how to become a Foster Care Parent from 9 to noon. Family Service of RI's Greg Wright will be there.

Just stop by, or reach Greg at or call him at 331-1350 ext. 3305.

Children are waiting for loving, nurturing homes. Become a foster care parent...a child will thank you!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Did You See Bob Kerr's Column?

Did you see Bob Kerr's column in the Providence Journal about Family Service of RI's Walking School Bus program?

Check it out right here.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Video from Brighter Futures Luncheon

Thank you to all supporting our Brighter Futures luncheon yesterday!

In case you missed it, here's a report from WPRI!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Thank You!

Many thanks to all who made today's Brighter Futures luncheon a big success!  Congratulations to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, our 2012 honoree!!

Photos and more soon!